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Introducing ‘Y FAN’ – Ceredigion’s new youth-led mobile service

FOLLOWING a lot of behind the scenes and preparation work by Ceredigion Youth and Community Services during the past few months, we are pleased to announce the official opening ceremony for ‘Y FAN’.

‘Y FAN’ was officially opened during the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Tregaron in Pentref Ceredigion on 03 August 2022.

Gavin Witte, Ceredigion County Council Community Youth Work and Prevention Coordinator explains more about the project:

“Y FAN’ is a collaborative and youth-led project funded by the National Lottery Fund, which aims to provide a mobile provision to rurally isolated areas, villages and towns in Ceredigion. The aim is to provide bespoke programmes and activities to engage with young people, particularly those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and require support.

“Quite simply, ‘Y FAN’ is a customised Vauxhall Movano, which has undergone a substantial refurbishment with the rear being converted with an accessible lift, comfortable seating areas, widescreen TV, game console and Wi-Fi enabling young people to experience all the features and experiences of a typical youth club.”

The outside of the vehicle is vibrant and eye-catching with many recognisable Ceredigion landmarks all designed and painted by young people – along with the name itself. ‘Y FAN’ has been an informal name used by young people involved with the project and they decided to give it that official title to keep it simple, but memorable.

Councillor Alun Williams, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Through Age and Wellbeing, said:

“It is fantastic to see this project developing and beginning to engage with many different communities in Ceredigion. It is vital that we are able to reach those most in need of support and of course to provide a proactive approach in bringing new initiatives to communities to help individuals connect with each other. This vehicle will certainly be well received and will be pivotal in providing a through age approach to building community resilience and wellbeing.”

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